Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Arrives with $24.45M on Wednesday; 'Exodus' Falls to Second with $1.31MDecember 18, 2014 12:16 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted with $24.45 million on Wednesday. That figure includes the estimated $11.2 million the film grossed from Tuesday night shows (which represented a very significant 45.8 percent of the film's opening day gross).

The Battle of the Five Armies opened 22 percent below the $31.19 million opening day performance of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, though that was expected given that The Desolation of Smaug opened on a Friday. The Battle of the Five Armies opened 6.5 percent below the $26.16 million Wednesday start of 2002's The Two Towers, which went on to gross $102.05 million in its first five days of release. Given that The Battle of the Five Armies will likely experience more initial front-loading in comparison; the last chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy appears to be on course for a five-day start in the area of $88 million to $95 million.

After leading the daily box office for the previous five days, Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings fell to second on Wednesday with $1.31 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a sharp 41 percent from Tuesday. Clearly Exodus: Gods and Kings took a big hit from the arrival of The Battle of the Five Armies in the marketplace. Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed $29.61 million in six days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 2 percent behind the $30.2 million six-day start of the far less expensive Son of God earlier this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was down one spot and 25 percent from Tuesday to land in third with $1.02 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a healthy 26.5 percent from last Wednesday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $280.39 million in 27 days. That leaves the film $19.61 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. Mockingjay - Part 1 is running 22.5 percent behind the $361.59 million 27-day take of last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Paramount's Top Five placed in sixth for the day with $0.447 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down one spot and a solid 24 percent from Tuesday. Top Five has grossed $8.44 million in six days of moderate release. The low-budget film continues to perform on the low end of expectations, but hopes to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and planned expansions.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Feb. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gnomeo and Juliet$6,557,897-21%3,01420$2,176$50,174,5422Disney
2Unknown (2011)$6,248,419-30%3,043--$2,053$21,856,3891Warner Bros.
3I Am Number Four$5,616,494-26%3,154--$1,781$19,449,8931Disney / DreamWorks
4Just Go With It$5,589,082-27%3,5480$1,575$61,034,1902Sony / Columbia
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$4,503,623-36%2,821--$1,596$16,300,8031Fox
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,049,383-26%3,11813$1,299$48,180,6822Paramount
7The King's Speech$2,202,637-22%2,086-177$1,056$103,241,50613Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$1,150,561-23%2,2960$501$15,152,6832Focus
9The Roommate$1,049,227-36%2,160-374$486$32,503,3063Sony / Screen Gems
10No Strings Attached$909,803-29%1,966-790$463$65,993,3205Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$776,419-28%1,465-607$530$164,128,0249Paramount
12Sanctum$537,015-24%1,377-1412$390$21,947,4003Universal
13The Green Hornet$524,037-18%1,265-825$414$95,076,4656Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$348,378-27%1,048-1159$332$31,392,4914Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$550,356-21%759-290$725$87,978,80011Paramount
2Black Swan$448,213-21%656-413$683$101,536,86312Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$327,291-21%952-934$344$27,886,0234CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$299,360-25%10287$2,935$1,311,9262Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$190,968-15%157-34$1,216$3,037,4648Roadside Attractions
6Yogi Bear$138,167-35%725-386$191$97,283,21710Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$123,001-18%321-88$383$293,901,79414Warner Bros.
8127 Hours$111,613-15%240-119$465$17,412,20916Fox Searchlight
9Blue Valentine (2010)$111,205-18%235-158$473$8,829,6448Weinstein Company
10Megamind$94,509-21%214-38$442$148,244,40516Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Company Men$92,473-31%242-35$382$3,526,2545Weinstein Company
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$89,644-28%264-29$340$103,373,05111Fox
13Little Fockers$84,075-25%285-139$295$147,635,6609Universal
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$60,563-27%235-73$258$42,174,2759Fox
15The Tourist$58,923-30%224124$263$67,239,12811Sony / Columbia
16The Dilemma$48,675-38%293-949$166$48,221,7406Universal
17From Prada to Nada$37,5093%128-124$293$2,810,4914Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Social Network$30,446-19%113-65$269$96,760,02121Sony / Columbia
19Unstoppable (2010)$19,057-37%105-42$181$81,468,67015Fox
20Season of the Witch$9,861-34%132-44$75$24,529,4877Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$60,931-15%502$1,219$21,746,35649Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$51,332-21%65--$790$164,1531UTV Communications
3Rabbit Hole$19,765-15%78-34$253$1,974,84210Lionsgate
4Somewhere (2010)$12,153-10%29-3$419$1,723,5229Focus
5Winter's Bone$6,332-19%20-6$317$6,421,49037Roadside Attractions
6Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,015-14%21$2,508$34,1942Phase 4 Films
7Immigration Tango$4,735-22%30--$158$14,4321Roadside Attractions
8Brotherhood (2010)$1,634-40%1--$1,634$7,8731Phase 4 Films
9I Love You Phillip Morris$1,583-27%9-14$176$1,946,13712Roadside Attractions